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Editors’ Choice Gear 2018

A trip to Valle Nevado meant packing all the ski trip essentials. Here are a few of the editors' favorites for a summer ski trip adventure.


Patagonia and Skull candy
Photo: Keri Bascetta

Patagonia Tres Pack
Pockets for a laptop, tablet, headphones, and battery charger kept everything organized and secure while traveling. Plus the water-repellent finish kept essentials dry when a city park’s irrigation system surprised us. [$130,]

Skullcandy Hesh 3 Headphones
With a 22-hour battery life, rapid-charge technology, a noise-isolating fit, and custom-tuned 40mm driver, these headphones made travel more bearable. A lowkey, classic design proves that Skullcandy is a grownup player in the headphone market, despite the value price tag relative to mainstream brands. [$130,]

Columbia Women's Alpine Action Jacket
Photo: Keri Bascetta

Columbia Women’s Alpine Action Jacket
The integrated Omni- Tech water-proof and breathable construction kept our photographer comfortable, and the Omni-Heat plus 100 grams of synthetic insulation kept her warm while shooting the always amazing Andean sunsets. Add in premium cross-dye fabric for a stylish look that worked out on the town, in the vineyards, and on the slopes. [$170,]

Sorels and Zeal Optics
Photo: Keri Bascetta

Sorel Madson Chelsea Boot
These kicks are as functional as they are fashionable. No laces made airport security a breeze, and a waterproof construction handled the mud and puddles found year-round at vineyards and resort parking lots. [$160,]

Zeal Optics Radium Sunglasses
The Radium features Zeal’s ellume Polarized lenses in a frame made from plant-based Z-Resin. They use proprietary color-filtration tech to pop colors, which made vineyards and mountains appear even more beautiful. [$150,]

Strafe Pyramid Jacket
Photo: Keri Bascetta

Strafe Pyramid Jacket
The soft-yet-stretchy Polartec NeoShell fabric was warm, breathable, and waterproof. What really made the Pyramid stand out were the little things, like super-soft chamois fleece in the neck cuff and three-point adjustments in the helmet-friendly hood. [$550,]

Electric Goggles
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Electric EG2 Goggle
The EG2’s oversized dual-spherical injected polycarbonate lens and ergonomic fi t made for great views in the Andes. The red chrome lens tint worked well on the brightest days but kept things sharp when clouds moved in with flat light. [$160,]

K2 Marksman
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K2 Marksman
With a 106mm waist and generous rocker, this ski was surprising on corduroy. The fir-aspen-cored ski with an internal carbon braid railed on hard pack at speed. The asymmetrical sidecut made it easier to turn, perfect for legs that weren’t in ski shape in August. [$800,]

PIEPS Micro Avalanche Transeiver
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PIEPS Micro Avalanche Transceiver
The smallest three-antenna transceiver on the market, The PIEPS Micro features a vibration-based warning that goes off when a signal is first detected, plus an easy-to-read large display. Practice with it before departure. [$390,]

Backland FR and Backland Binding
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Atomic Backland FR 102 and Backland Binding
The ski is designed for off-piste skiing with soft rocker in the front and some rocker in the tail to allow for easy turn initiation and release. Add in Atomic’s Carbon Backbone, Light Woodcore, and the low-tech Backland Binding, and you have an all-day touring animal that can hang in the Chilean backcountry.  [Skis $600, Binding $500,]

Outdoor Tech, Mountain Hardwear, Lange
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Outdoor Tech Kodiak Plus Charger
This waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof charger kept our electronics juiced for a week. Featuring two USB outlets to power two devices at a time and a power gauge, this compact backup battery has become a staple on every trip. [$80,]

Lange XT Freetour Boots
This do-anything boot crushed various descents with ease. The stiff Grilamidshell performed great on the downhill, and flipping the hike/ski Power V-Lock system switch transformed it into a hike-friendly companion with a 43-degree range-of-motion. [$800,]

Mountain Hardwear Atherm Midlayer
The key to this midlayer is the Polartec Alpha insulation with Polartec High Loft Grid, which pinpoints where more insulation is needed to stay warm. With rich color options and a liquid-resistant exterior, it was also great for wine tasting. [$285,]

Want to read more about the Editors’ Choice Trip to Valle Nevado, Chile? Check out “South for the Summer” to get started.